painted ladies, their building is over a century old. Full of intricate architectural detailing and historical significance, it was important to take the proper steps to restore their exterior, both for the sake of maintaining its historical value and bringing back the vibrant color and detail it once embodied. Bob Buckter, whose experience included the building's previous paint job, completed in the 80's, consulted on color choice and location. The new scheme included nine colors: five shades of blue, along with burgundy, white, black, and gold. Hiring a consultant to help with the process took some pressure off of the decision making, and helped to avoid what could be a pricey fix. The painters, from Winning Colors, were talented and meticulous. They spent three months on the job, which unfortunately meant three months of scaffolding for the building inhabitants. With great attention to detail and emphasis on quality, at times they brought in carpenters to repair cases of dry-rot before painting. The gold is actually gold leaf, used to protect the woodwork from water damage while simultaneously adding an element of sparkle to the exterior. here on Apartment Therapy. In addition, they are recording all of their renovation efforts on their blog Project: Nest, which includes their post about the Painted Lady.
(Images: Andi Forker)
(Re-edited from a post originally published 02.06.12 - NM)